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  • Solar Thermal Cooling: technology, cost and case study (2014)

    This document was presented at the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) event on Renewable Energy Applications for Island Tourism, held in Cyprus on 29-30 June 2014. A link to the event’s summary, agenda and documents is available ...

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  • Greece: Nobel Moves Solar Water Heater Production to Bulgaria

    Greece: Nobel Moves Solar Water Heater Production to Bulgaria

    Greek manufacturer Nobel Xilinakis moved its solar water heater production to the Elin Pelin industrial park in the Sofia region of Bulgaria. The relocation had already been completed at the end of 2013, but became public only through the current World Map of the Solar Thermal Industry,...

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  • REN 21: Solar Thermal Contributes Significantly to Hot Water Production

    REN 21: Solar Thermal Contributes Significantly to Hot Water Production

    According to REN21’s Renewables 2014 Global Status Report, which was published at the UN-hosted Sustainable Energy for All Forum in New York at the beginning of June, solar thermal technologies contribute significantly to hot water production in many countries and increasingly to...
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  • Bulgaria: CL SENES – Hard Times for Well-established Solar Research Centre

    Bulgaria: CL SENES – Hard Times for Well-established Solar Research Centre

    Next to the Tsarigradsko Chaussee, an important road artery leading to the outskirts of Sofia, one can make out a vast research area belonging to the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences (BAS). On its campus, some scientists produce food for astronauts, others focus on solar energy (see photo...

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  • Greece: Sales Stable, but Profits under Pressure

    Greece: Sales Stable, but Profits under Pressure

    Whereas Central Europe’s solar thermal markets keep shrinking, Greek has been very stable in recent years. In the meantime, Southern Europe’s hopeful, however, has attracted domestic competitors from other sectors with a low performance, such as PV wholesalers. Usually, they...

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  • Database of Building Codes: 24 Individual Regulations

    Database of Building Codes: 24 Individual Regulations

    Sometimes, it takes a while until good ideas are copied. This has been the case with solar/renewable building codes, which were invented in Israel more than 30 years ago. It has just been over the last ten years, however, that this political instrument reached all five continents....

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  • EU Project: RELACS in Sustainable Holiday Accommodations

    EU Project: RELACS in Sustainable Holiday Accommodations

    What have the Albena resort on the Bulgarian Black Sea coast (see photo), the Bräuer restaurant in Weißkirchen, Austria, and the 2 Danby Cottages in the UK’s Forest of Dean in common? They are all part of the RELACS network. RELACS is short for “REnewabLe energy...

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  • Greece: Urban Citizens Struggle to Pay Heating Bills

    Greece: Urban Citizens Struggle to Pay Heating Bills

    On 15 October 2012, Greece increased the tax on heating oil - drastically: Instead of EUR 0.90 to 1.05, consumers now have to pay around EUR 1.30 to 1.40 per litre. Heating one’s home has become a challenge for many people, who switch to wood as an alternative fuel. The only good...

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  • Cuba: 15 Years GERA Solar Thermal R&D and Testing

    Cuba: 15 Years GERA Solar Thermal R&D and Testing

    The Cuban Applied Renewable Energy Group, GERA, can look back at 15 years of successful research and development projects. Together with the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering at the Orient University of Santiago de Cuba, GERA has formed a team of specialists from several disciplines,...

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  • Serbia: Technology Transfer to Make Sun Rise in Western Balkans

    Serbia: Technology Transfer to Make Sun Rise in Western Balkans

    If there is a region in Europe across which conditions for solar thermal use are favourable but the power of the sun has not been much utilised, it´s surely South-East Europe. The insolation from Croatia in the west to Bulgaria in the east, from Romania in the north to Albania in the...

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